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Iris is a hardy perennial flower grown
for its large, showy blooms held high
above the long, narrow leaves. Most
garden iris bloom in late spring to early
summer. Iris blooms in just about every
color of the rainbow.
Florists iris are available just about year-round
the "standards", and three outer petal-like
sepals called the "falls".
Iris is the largest genus in the Iridaceae family.
It contains more than 300 species and many hybrids and cultivars.
It's useful to become familiar with the groups or subgenus divisions,
as this helps to sort out similar species, an aid when approaching
Iris reticulata 'Harmony' is a popular cultivar with a nice contrast of blue and yellow.
Photo taken March 2005 by
Iris 'Bronze Beauty' This is one of the so-called Dutch iris,
flowers probably better known to most people as cut flowers.
Iris with this brown color were seeming more common in the past: a list
from a century ago shows several in this color range in the
similar Spanish Iris group. Years ago I had another handsome one
called Le Mogul. Photo by Jim McKenney